Patients interested in replacing a missing tooth might consider getting dental implants. These devices can replace the tooth’s roots, and some posts enter the jawbone. These keep the false tooth secure, and the result is more natural than other methods of replacement. Plus, the implants fit better than bridges do. Continue reading to learn more…
Four Tips for Recovery from All-on-4
All-on-4® provides a more convenient option than traditional dentures if you have lost most of your teeth. It involves inserting up to four implants on each of your dental arches to serve as bases for dentures. Patients typically get temporary dentures attached to their implants the same day the implants are installed, restoring the appearance of their smile.
Replacing missing teeth with All-on-4 requires minor oral surgery. Patients are evaluated individually to determine if they are healthy enough to recover from the installation of the implants. Health issues like diabetes or immune system disorders hinder your body’s ability to recover.
Recovering after getting All-on-4
The installation of implants has a high success rate, but it can take up to six months for the implants to fuse with bone tissues around them via osseointegration.
The length of the recovery period varies for each patient based on several factors like how well they take care of their mouth and the types of foods they consume. Here are some tips that can help to shorten the recovery period:
1. Get lots of rest
Getting lots of rest is essential for the first week after getting implants since the body makes most of its repairs when in a rested state. If possible, consider taking a week off work so you have more time to rest and take things easy. Exercise and other physical activities should be avoided during the first week after the implant installation.
2. Use ice or hot packs to reduce inflammation
Inflammation is one of the side effects of implant installation, and it can be alleviated with cold or hot compresses. The compress should be applied to the sides of the face for 15-minute intervals. Reducing inflammation speeds up the recovery process, and most of the inflammation should be gone within 72 hours.
3. Stick to liquid and soft foods during recovery
Hard or chewy foods put significant bite forces on implants and the artificial teeth they support. A recently installed implant can end up being moved by such forces.
Patients are advised to stick to liquid foods for the first three weeks after getting implants installed. They can then start reintroducing soft foods into their diet. Patients will be able to resume their regular diet once osseointegration is complete.
4. Practice good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is essential after getting implants installed. It reduces the risk of an infection developing as a result of the surgery. Tools like interdental brushes that are designed specifically for cleaning implants make it easier to keep these oral prosthetics clean.
The areas the implants are placed in will be sore for a few days after getting implants. Patients should avoid touching or irritating these areas during this period. Light pressure should be used when brushing teeth, and any prescribed mouthwash provided by the dentist should be used as directed. Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least two times per day and flossing once daily.
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